The Presidential Office is going to hold a national affairs conference on pension reform on Jan. 22. The Pension Reform Oversight Alliance said on Jan. 19 that they will mobilize 250,000 people to protest against the reform at the Ketagalan Boulevard. Moreover, they have already received right-of -way permits around the boulevard to make sure that the protest can go smoothly.
On Jan. 19, the Pension Reform Oversight Alliance continued their hunger strike for the fourth day to protest against pension reform. Groups of military personnel, civil servants and public school teachers said they will mobilize 250,000 people to protest at the Ketagalan Boulevard on Jan. 22 when a national affairs conference on pension reform will be held.
Since there will be a year-end party for social minorities in front of the Presidential Office on the morning of Jan.22, the protest will begin in the evening at 2:00 p.m. President of National Senior High School Teachers' Union Huang Yao-nan said that the reform should be participated by all, or else it will not be a true reform.
==HUANG YAO-NAN National Senior High School Teachers' Union President==
There are a lot of people in Taiwan who don't have a pension. Why doesn't the government deal with this problem? It is unfair that the government is making a reform targeting at us.
==MIAO TE-SHENG retired colonel==
There are problems with the pension system and the pension reform. The reform follows no regular patterns. The reform follows no regulations. There will be serious problems if the reform continues.
National Civil Servant Association Director Lee Lai-hsi complained that he has not received an invitation to the national affairs conference. Li asked for a mild and gradual reform. He said that the government made the draft pension reform plan in an arbitrary way. It never seeks agreement with those who will be affected by the reform.
==LI LAI-HSI, National Civil Servant Association Director==
By reviewing what the government has said in the past, you can know that whether it is acting aggressively towards us. Just listen to their rhetoric.
The Pension Reform Oversight Alliance said that the Ching-kuo Hall, the biggest auditorium at the Presidential Office, cannot accommodate 250 people attending the meeting. Therefore, they have filed an application for Right-of-Way approvals for rallies in various places where the meeting may be held to make sure that their voices can be heard.
TRANSLATED BY：ARIEL HSIEH
記者 李曉儒 郭俊麟 謝其文 台北報導